I have written about this topic before — the anti-vaccine movement is secretly helping Big Pharma profits. Why? Because Big Pharma makes a lot more money from people spending time in the hospital than they will ever make from vaccines. If Big Pharma executives were as evil as anti-vaxxers claim, they’d actually get rid of vaccines and let the profits roll into their coffers.
The anti-vaccine conspiracy theories about Big Pharma profits are amusing — Pfizer would much rather have a blockbuster drug like Viagra rather than a vaccine. The real conspiracy is how anti-vaxxers are giving much larger profits to Big Pharma, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
So I’m taking my general calculations for Big Pharma profits and applying them to the pandemic. Spoiler alert — Big Pharm is benefitting greatly from every single person who refuses the vaccine and ends up in the hospital. Let’s take a look.
Professor Reiss writes extensively in law journals about the social and legal policies of vaccination. Additionally, Reiss is also a member of the Parent Advisory Board of Voices for Vaccines, a parent-led organization that supports and advocates for on-time vaccination and the reduction of vaccine-preventable disease. She is also a member of the Vaccines Working Group on Ethics and Policy.
I have seen this myth around but haven’t had a chance to respond to it, so I will do it quickly here. No, there is no conspiracy to hide the benefits of things like hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and vitamin D, and no, if they were shown effective, it would not prevent a COVID-19 vaccine EUA.
However, does this mean that the FDA approval of the drug is supported by good science? As I’ve written previously regarding rushed approvals of a potential COVID-19 vaccine, we should be concerned that the FDA has become politicized to approve COVID-19 drugs to make Donald Trump look good.
The ever-evolving world of fake coronavirus treatments, like Donald Trump’s push for hydroxychloroquine, has made it difficult for many people, even those who are well-informed about pharmaceutical research, to see when potential coronavirus treatments are overhyped.
Like my critique of the over-optimistic timelines for vaccines, we need to also carefully examine information about coronavirus treatments, especially antiviral drugs that are currently being rushed through development.